Opinion: Memory Source> Gallery Media/Access Restrictions and Permissions
- What is the challenge or roadblock you are encountering? None in particular at the moment that I am aware of. This Idea as some of the others I have proposed - is largely theoretical - to address future preservation/need for sharing of research. FamilySearch Gallery and thus Memory Sources do not currently have such restriction/access level options. All Gallery submissions are uploaded as Public initially and then the user can mark Private. In addition full unrestricted copyright license to FamilySearch is granted. Minimally for this Idea, such permissions should be documented/attachable with such material (if restriction is not workable then documented permission should be minimally included). For example, a Family Group may allow certain copyright use amongst the Family Group, but restrict use to non-Family Group Tree users. This could then extend to Memory Sources as different levels of Source abstraction - based upon membership of Family Group(s). In other words, all Memory Sources should have such differing levels of abstraction and documented permissions. That some users upload to Gallery - images of collections accessible from other platforms - or even from FamilySearch - does not mean they have obtained such permission. If there is documented permission for such - this will resolve any future permissions violations/claims. For example, if I purchase a subscription to a platform that allows me to access/download document images relating to ancestors - uploading of such to FamilySearch platform is only valid if such permission is granted by the subscribed platform. Contracts would have to be read carefully to see if such a subscription allows such distribution. For example, a newspaper accessed by subscription through a limited distribution channel may not grant perpetual/persistent link to such indefinitely - and may not expressly grant such permission from the current newspaper/copyright entity. What I wish for is documented permission field/stamp such that there is no question that such permission has been granted. BEFORE someone suggests it - Yes I realize there are other options for sharing information within a Family Group (snail mail, email, publication, social media, etc) - this is NOT what I am talking about in this Idea. Please read the Idea. ... Additionally I would like to see resolved - the problem of images of collections which FamilySearch has contracts from records custodians to allow persistent images of such in Source attachments. I dislike the Idea that a Contract expiring may remove image access to attached Sources (when linked under contract - they should provide a persistent/perpetual link or else transfer to such, or minimally refer to the expiring records custodian - there should be an easy method for users to request such permission from records custodians.).
- How would solving this challenge improve your experience? Rather than only Private or Public options - this would fill in some gaps for restricted access/permissions and provide documentation for such. Such implementation should resolve permissions for perpetual/persistent attachment of Sources/Memory Sources within Family Tree.
So the basic questions for FamilySearch:
Does such use extend - for private users who may download such images while under contract - to any point in the future regardless of contract status? And corollary - if not - is there a proper way to document record custodian permission for such use with the image copy/Indexed Source (would such permission be documented only available via Source Box rather than Indexed Source Notes)? If not, I would request this Idea for consideration.